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Automotive Technology

Create Your Success Story in Automotive Technology

Never pay for an oil change again! Become an expert in automotive technology and learn to diagnose and repair automobiles. With dozens of specialties, automotive technicians and mechanics can choose the path that best fits their interests and personality. This hands-on, dynamic field offers tremendous growth opportunities and widespread employment.

Compton College's Automotive Technology program prepares students based on the industry-recognized standards created by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students will learn about several aspects of automotive service and parts, including brakes, suspension, engine, electrical systems, fuel systems, emission systems, transmissions, drive trains, and air conditioning. Courses include Engine Rebuilding, Automotive Machining, and Basic Welding. Students who complete Compton College's Automotive Technology Program - whether you're immediately entering the job field or transitioning to a university - are trained with employment and skill excellence in mind.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate of Science Degree

  • Compton College students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology by completing the required courses (totaling 32 units).

Certificate of Achievement

  • Compton College offers five Certificates of Achievement for students in the Automotive Technology program:
    • Automotive Brakes/Suspension Transmission/Drive Train Technician - Certificate of Achievement (16 units)
    • Automotive Engine Rebuilding and Repair Technician - Certificate of Achievement (12 units)
    • Automotive Technician I - Certificate of Achievement (36-40 units)
    • Automotive Technician II - Certificate of Achievement (42-50 units)
    • Automotive Tune-Up Technician - Certificate of Achievement (16 units)

Certificate of Accomplishment

  • Students who earn a 2.0 GPA or higher in the following programs are also awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment:
    • Automotive Air Conditioning Technician
    • Automotive Brakes and Suspension Technician
    • Automotive Engine Rebuilding and Repair Technician
    • Automotive Transmission and Drive Train Technician

View the Associate in Science program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Associate in Science program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Automotive Air Conditioning Technician
  • Brake Technician
  • Drivability Technician
  • Front-End Technician
  • Undercar Specialist
  • Transmission Technician
  • Engine Performance Technician
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for an automotive technician or mechanic in California is $48,055 and goes up based on the role and experience. For example, automotive technicians and mechanics can become automotive "master" technicians following at least two years of work and successful completion of various ASE tests. Master technicians average $67,000/year.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Automotive Technology Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence standards to ensure industry success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Automotive Technology Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Rosa Portillo Gonzalez
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Welcome Center D-27

Alicia Zambrano
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Vocational Technology Building, VT-150

"Compton College has taught me so much. Before, I thought that earning a degree was the most valuable aspect of a college education. But what I have come to realize is developing the skills to learn on your own and be a self-directed individual is most valuable. I've received the guidance here to learn how to help myself and grow on my own."
Erik Aparicio, Compton College student


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